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Become A Technical Aide

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Working As A Technical Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $34,673

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Aide Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become A Technical Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Technical Aide Career Paths

Technical Aide
Technical Support Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Service Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Safety Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist Registered Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer Project Manager
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Project Manager Owner
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Care Technician Medical Assistant
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Instructor
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Instructor
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Service Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Service Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Technical Aide Demographics

Gender

Male

51.9%

Female

45.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

9.9%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.6%

French

8.9%

Mandarin

5.4%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Swedish

1.8%

Telugu

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

German

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Bengali

1.8%
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Technical Aide Education

Schools

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

22.7%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

9.7%

University of Phoenix

7.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Hamline University

3.2%

Columbia College Chicago

3.2%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.2%

George Mason University

3.2%

North Dakota State University -

3.2%

Mohawk Valley Community College

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.2%

Hudson Valley Community College

2.6%

Northwestern University

2.6%

North Carolina State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

15.3%

Computer Science

9.5%

Mechanical Engineering

6.8%

Medical Technician

6.6%

Chemistry

5.8%

Nursing

5.2%

Psychology

5.0%

Chemical Engineering

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.8%

Biology

4.5%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.9%

English

2.7%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Other

22.9%

Masters

14.4%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.6%
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Real Technical Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hiv/Aids Technical Advisor Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Mar 01, 2012 $127,899
Hiv/Aids Technical Advisor Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Aug 31, 2011 $125,091
Subsea Technical Aide Engineer Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 03, 2013 $74,000
Technical Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Jul 11, 2015 $58,436
Technical Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Dec 15, 2014 $34,832

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Top Skills for A Technical Aide

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  1. Computer
  2. Technical Support
  3. Patient Care
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  • Prepare certificates and accreditation packets for computers.
  • Supply technical support to operators.
  • Maintained accurate records of patient care, condition, progress and concerns.
  • Maintained Electronic equipment, using all applicable safety standards and performed preventative maintenance to ensure proper function of all equipment.
  • Volunteer; American Red Cross, Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)Academic Background, Training and Professional Affiliation

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